Free concerts and plays bring Boston together in the summer months

The 26 choral groups from every corner of the region — from St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Roxbury, to Bethel AME in Jamaica Plain, to the Westford Chorus — that will gather on the Esplanade tonight for the first free concert of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra season attest to the universal appeal of classical music — and of a warm summer night. The program will feature the work of composer Aaron Copland, who dedicated himself to turning the American vernacular into music, and thousands of area residents will provide the fanfare.

Thanks to the city and the backers of the Landmarks Orchestra, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company — whose free production of “Coriolanus” takes to the Common on July 25 — and numerous other arts organizations, Bostonians will be closer than ever to their cultural roots this summer. The season will also include the first annual Summer Arts Weekend of free concerts on July 28-29, organized by the Globe and WGBH, and presented by Citizens Bank.

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